Monday, January 24, 2011

Desire Out Of Control

Be careful, even a talking snake can seem to make sense at times.

Genesis 3:1- 6  Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the LORD God had made.

"Really?" he asked the woman. "Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?"

2 "Of course we may eat it," the woman told him.

3 "It's only the fruit from the tree at the center of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God says we must not eat it or even touch it, or we will die."

4 "You won't die!" the serpent hissed.

5 "God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it. You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil."

6 The woman was convinced. The fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise! So she ate some of the fruit. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her. Then he ate it, too.  

This story reminds me of the New Testament story about the woman that was found in adultery and she gets pulled out into the street and taken to Jesus and they only point the finger at her as if she committed adultery all alone. Verse six tells us that Adam was right there next to Eve, he heard the talking snake twist God's words around and tell half truths until it all sounded so logical and yet we give Eve the blame.

Listening to our evil desires make about as much sense as listening to a talking snake. Our pride gets in the way and distorts our ability to think logically and even the most obviously lame story can seem to make a lot of sense.

Proverbs 29:23  One's pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

I am reminded of men's conference speaker, Steve Farrar, he says that "we need to remember that we are all just one step from stupid." We can all drift away from truth and accept the devils logic that entices us away from God.

The greatest tool to use each day to keep my pride in check is to stay in the word every day so that my eyes will stay focused and my heart will stay true to God's command and I will not be tricked into compromising what God wants me to do.

You are so immovable Lord, you have given us solid ground of real truth that we can base our lives on. Help me to stand my ground when pride and desire try to creep in.